Eden Prairie resident uses cookbook to raise money for kids

Eden Prairie resident Tammy Brooks recently released the third volume of “What’s Cooking in Eden Prairie?” a cookbook containing recipes submitted by several residents.

Brooks organizes coats for the Coats for Kids program at the PROP shop. All proceeds from the cookbook go toward nonprofit organizations. (Submitted photo)
Brooks organizes coats for the Coats for Kids program at the PROP shop. All proceeds from the cookbook go toward nonprofit organizations. (Submitted photo)

After having success with her last two books, Brooks decided to commit to one more cookbook with all new recipes. Brooks will send all proceeds to local nonprofits and programs such as Coats for Kids at the PROP shop, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Ridgeview Hospice program.

“I like to give the proceeds to different groups that are near and dear to my heart,” Brooks said.

In previous years, proceeds have gone to the Children’s Hospital, Eden Prairie schools and more.

Brooks, a retired teacher, compiled the first volume of the cookbook in 2010.

“I decided that since I’ve lived here for 29 years and that there’s never been a cook book, I should make one,” Brooks said.

Brooks, now a 33-year Eden Prairie resident, gathers recipes by reaching out to fellow Eden Prairie residents.

“People email me family recipes that they like,” Brooks said. “There’s a directory in the back of the book of who made what, and there are some dedications and anecdotes, too.”

According to Brooks, the book contains recipes for appetizers, salads, main dishes, desserts and a “this and that” category.

Brooks uses an online program called Morris Press Cookbooks to input all of the recipes, and then the company creates and delivers the book.

“Most people get their recipes online now,” Brooks said, “so I wasn’t going to make another, but then a lot of people were telling me I should.”

Brooks said that this will be the last volume of her book.

“Third time’s a charm,” she said.

“What’s Cooking in Eden Prairie, Vol. 3” cost $20. To purchase a book, contact Tammy Brooks at [email protected]

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